[R] New to List - just starting to learn R - question about reading in data
iverson at biostat.wisc.edu
Sat Nov 8 05:38:46 CET 2008
Dirty D wrote:
> Hi, everyone,
> I'm new to R and the List, and excited to be here. I am coming from a
> background working in SPSS 16, primarily, which has a lot of easy
> options for reading in data. I am working in R in an Ubuntu Linux
> environment, and I'm learning with R Commander.
I work with R in Ubuntu also, it is a good decision I think. I use ESS
(a package for Emacs), however.
> Now, here's my question. In my line of work, I'm used to getting data in
> some kind of flat ASCII format with a separate file indicating which
> columns correspond to which variables. In the Venables and Ripley book
> on S/R that I'm reading, there doesn't seem to be a way to read this
> kind of data format into R, and I haven't found anything online.
Certainly, look up read.table (?read.table in R) and in V&R, bottom of
page 21 specifically. There is also an R Data Import/Export manual on
the project's site. But, read.table is almost surely what you're
test <- read.table("/path/to/file", header = TRUE)
This is a common example if your text file has a first row of variable
names. See pages 21-22 for more examples.
> If anyone has the tine, I'd sure appreciate a little guidance.
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